Manager Rafael Benitez has spent close to £45m on eight summer signings but winger Ritchie and £10m striker Dwight Gayle were largely stifled by a Fulham side which finished 20th in the Championship last term.

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lower Mall was home to a large number of rowing clubs at the end of the 19th Century, of which there are now only a few survivors. The headquarters of the national governing body, the Amateur Rowing Association, is also on Lower Mall, in a building, The Priory, which used to be occupied by rowing clubs.

"If we play for something more important than the first game of the season maybe the anxiety will be even higher, we need to make sure we can manage that and play better."

Offside, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Rolando Aarons is caught offside.

In the 2012–13 season, Fulham ended a seven-match winless run by beating Swansea City 3–0 away at the Liberty Stadium on the final game of the season on 19 May 2013. Fulham finished the season in 12th place.[45]

Ragnar Sigurdsson's 95th minute winner secured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Iceland over Finland on Thursday.

David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

The visitors had strong claims for a penalty before Smith's goal but Ryan Tunnicliffe's handball went unpunished.

"For Newcastle, it's back to the drawing board. It just didn't go their way."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio London: "My players were very organised, we stuck to the plan, we suffered together during the game and we deserve the good result.

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hammersmith & Fulham is administered by 46 councillors. The Labour Party won control of the borough at the 2014 council elections held on 22 May with 26 councilors to the Conservative Party's 20 councilors, following Conservative control of the council since the 2006 council election. The council leader is Stephen Cowan.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

The London Overground West London Line stops at West Brompton, just inside the Fulham borough boundary, and at Imperial Wharf in Fulham, Sands End. Until 1940 there was a Chelsea and Fulham railway station on this line, close to Stamford Bridge Stadium on Fulham Road, but this was closed following World War II bomb damage.[34]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Fulham's Premier League form in the 2011–12 season was mixed, with the continuing away-record hangover of previous seasons dragging on. In October 2011, Fulham had an emphatic 6–0 home win over neighbours QPR, with Andrew Johnson scoring a hat-trick for Fulham in the match.[42] The January 2012 transfer window saw Bobby Zamora move over the Hammersmith flyover to Loftus Road, with Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak coming in place from VfB Stuttgart.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has formal twinning arrangements with:

Play-off winners Barnsley, who beat Millwall at Wembley to earn promotion to the Championship, start their season at Portman Road against Ipswich Town.

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Matt Smith headed in Tom Cairney's corner just before half-time to condemn the Magpies, relegated from the Premier League last season, to defeat.

Fulham consider their secondary rivalries to be Queens Park Rangers. Fulham last played QPR in the 2000–01 season before meeting them again twice in the 2011–12 Premier League season in which Fulham were the victors with a 6–0 victory at Craven cottage, and beating them 1–0 away from home at Loftus Road.[86] Fulham also have rivalries with other London clubs, including Brentford and Crystal Palace.

On 3 July 2012, the club website asked supporters using Facebook and Twitter to pick their best FFC Premier League XI from 2001 to the present. The supporters picked their favourite goalkeeper, full-backs, centre-backs, wingers, centre midfielders and forwards to create a classic 4–4–2 formation.[91]

League One winners Wigan are at 2014-15 third-tier champions Bristol City.

Fulham have had 36 managers in 114 years. Prior to the appointment of the first manager at the club (Bradshaw in 1904), the duties normally assigned to a modern-day manager would have been shared between club secretary, captain, and other officials.

The League One season will conclude on 30 April and the play-off final held on 20 May - one week earlier than the rest of the English Football League, because of the FA Cup final being played at Wembley on Saturday, 27 May.

Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

In 1992, the foundation of the Premier League, and the resignation of 22 clubs from The Football League, restored Fulham to that league's Second Division. However, the club were relegated to the new Third Division after a poor 1993–94 season, following which Ian Branfoot was appointed as team manager.

Sean Davis explains why he thinks Barnsley away and Norwich at home will suit Fulham after the international break.


Burton's trip to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest will not only be the first meeting between the two neighbours, but will also see Brewers boss Nigel Clough take his side to a club he and his family will forever be entwined with.

Jimmy Hill inspired Fulham to the win at Barnsley that confirmed promotion to the top flight back in April 1959.

"They marshalled the game as they wanted it to go, they picked their opportunities to attack and Matt Smith was the match-winner.

Outside of London, Gillingham are still considered rivals to Fulham hardcore despite the two clubs having played in different divisions for the past 11 years. Fulham and Gillingham have been involved in several ill-tempered matches in the lower leagues, including the death of a Fulham supporter outside a game between the two clubs in Kent, in the 1990s.

Fulham Football Club (/ˈfʊləm/) is a professional association football club based in Fulham, Greater London, England. Founded in 1879, they play in the Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2013–14 after 13 consecutive seasons in the top-flight.[4] They are the oldest-established football team from London to have played in the Premier League.[5]

Fulham goalkeeper David Button saved twice from Matt Ritchie, one of five Newcastle debutants at Craven Cottage.

George Best played 47 times for the club in the 1976–77 season. Rodney Marsh, who having grown up with Fulham in the 1960s went on to play First Division football and play for England, rejoined the club in the same season, playing only 16 games. This capped one of the most successful eras in Fulham history.

Ryan Fredericks reflects on returning to training with the first team after returning from Jacksonville.